Report: utilities should step up on electric vehicles

A new report indicates that utilities could play ain important role in integrating electric transportation into resource planning.

A new report indicates that utilities could play ain important role in integrating electric transportation into resource planning.

The Electric Power Research Institute Inc. said Tuesday it has a new report about electric vehicle technologies and the possible role utilities could play in integrating electric transportation into resource planning.

The Palo Alto-based nonprofit institute researches electricity generation, delivery and use for public benefit.

The report takes a look at the commercial rollout implications of plug-in electric cars, vehicle and infrastructure technologies such as charging stations made by Silicon Valley-based companies like Coulomb Technologies , and plans utilities like PG&E can take to encourage the use and adoption of electric vehicles.

"The report can be used by utilities as they plan for electric transportation," said Mark Duvall, director of electric transportation research at EPRI, in a prepared statement. "These plans can address the adoption of plug-in vehicles and charging by their customers, adding charging infrastructure, and minimizing the impacts of widespread vehicle charging on electric distribution systems."

The full report is available from the Electric Power Research Institute.

From the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

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